Joe Morello from the Dave Brubeck quartet dies at 82
- 14 March 2011
- From the section Entertainment & Arts
Legendary jazz drummer Joe Morello, from the Dave Brubeck quartet, has died aged 82.
With the quartet he played on some of the best-selling jazz records of all time, including Take Five.
His family said he died at home in New Jersey on Saturday.
They did not not state a cause of death.
Brubeck said the loss of his friend came as a "complete shock".
"Many people consider the rhythm section of Eugene Wright and Joe Morello in my quartet as being one of the most consistent, swinging rhythm sections in jazz," Brubeck said.
"Drummers worldwide remember Joe as one of the greatest drummers we have known."
In the late 50s and early 60s Morello paved the way for the group's experiments in unusual rhythms, on the groundbreaking Time series of albums.
Time Out became the first jazz album to sell more than one million copies.
Morello played with many leading jazz musicians and first came became known for his work as part of pianist Marian McPartland's Hickory House Trio in the early 50s.
"I'm going to miss him terribly," said McPartland. "He was a wonderful man, a wonderful drummer, a great educator."
Morello won Downbeat magazine's best drummer award for five years in a row.
After Brubeck disbanded the quartet in late 1967 Morello turned to teaching and writing instructional books.